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122                              LETTERS   FROM   THE

Temple to range in, and liberty of writing, &c. I
he is also allowed his secretary.

November zoth.

Yesterday I dined and went with Lord M.
to the opera, which is now in the Rue de la Loi
(Richelieu), and as handsome a salle as ever I saw.
It was not an opera, but a concert, which is all
the ton, and the dress-night for the women. After
it the ballet of Telemaque, in which the women
danced divinely. Vestris, the only man dancer,
has no pantomime, and I was soon tired ot his
bounds and his tours de force. The house was
extremely crowded. Major Gall, who is magnifique,
gave twenty francs for one of the last tickets to
be had. It was very well lighted, and the company
well dressed.

Madame Tallien1 was in the Spanish ambassa-

i Theresia de Cabarus (Madame Tallien) was a Spaniard
by birth. She was married, before the Revolution, to a M.
de Fontenay, of Rouen, from whom she was subsequently
divorced, not from bad conduct on her part, but by mutual
accord. Being cast into prison during the Reign of Terror,
she married Tallien in order to save her life, and she had thus
many opportunities of performing acts of benevolence; so